The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.
The Guardianship Project, a Vera Institute of Justice demonstration project, provides model guardianship services to older adults and people with disabilities who have been adjudicated as incapacitated by a court and lack family or friends able or willing to care for them. The project, which has offices in Kings and Queens County, serves a culturally diverse and primarily indigent population residing throughout New York City.
The project employs a team of professionals, including lawyers, social workers, and property and financial managers, who collaborate to provide effective services and advocacy to ensure clients’ well-being, safety, and the greatest degree of independence possible, within the least restrictive environment. Guardianship practice generally covers a wide range of issues, including but not limited to foreclosures, public benefits, landlord/tenant law, real estate management and transactions, estate planning, medical decision-making, financial exploitation, elder abuse, and crisis management. Project staff routinely addresses challenging and emotionally charged issues, such as end-of-life decision-making and protecting clients from physical and financial neglect and abuse.
The Guardianship Project seeks a Case Manager to provide direct assistance to its clients.
• Assess clients and their homes;
• Monitor services through monthly home visits;
• Arrange for an array of services to address medical and social needs;
• Coordinate and implement client discharges from institutions to the community;
• Coordinate and participate in consultations with project attorneys and medical staff on decisions involving routine and end-of-life medical care;
• Apply for and maintain government and private benefits for clients;
• Work with clients’ families and significant others;
• Keep timely and detailed records;
• Home visits are a critical component of the project’s service; Case Managers travel throughout the five boroughs to see clients, their families, and other professionals; and
• The Case Manager shares the responsibility for 24-hour emergency phone coverage on a rotating basis with the rest of the case management team; however, evening and weekend work is not often required.
• Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or other related field strongly preferred;
• Demonstrated interest in social justice for underserved populations;
• Experience working with the elderly and/or people with developmental disabilities desirable;
• Familiarity with public and private benefits available in New York City; with experience applying for and maintaining benefits strongly preferred;
• Ability to work with a diverse and challenging population;
• Strong written and oral communication skills;
• Creativity, flexibility, patience, and follow-through;
• Excellent organization skills and ability to work in a team environment;
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred; and
• Final candidates will be subject to criminal and financial background check.
$38,000 to $42,000 (upper pay scale requires graduate degree plus at least two years experience). Excellent benefits and ongoing educational opportunities are an additional plus.
Please submit a cover letter and resume online.
Electronic submission through Vera’s online application system is preferred, however, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources / TGP Case Manager recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Flr.
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method of submission (online, mail, or fax). Please do not email your resume directly to a staff member. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.